ARANEA: Well, Jake? Don't you have anything to say? JAKE: ... ARANEA: I think I've spent enough time introducing myself! You have hardly said a word. ARANEA: It would 8e nice to know whether my long story has confounded you in any particular way, or if you are just 8eing shy. JAKE: Uh... ARANEA: Yes? ARANEA: Jake, I understand this is very much to learn all at once, 8ut do you really want me to keep speaking until I am 8lue in the face? JAKE: ... JAKE: Gulp! ARANEA: You appear to 8e perspiring heavily. ARANEA: There is no reason to 8e so nervous, especially considering you are only dreaming. JAKE: Shit! JAKE: Sorry. I dont know where i put the dream towels. ARANEA: It's ok. ARANEA: Well, at the risk talking a8out myself a little more, I feel it would 8e dishonest not to confess. JAKE: What? ARANEA: I am a fairly gifted psychic. JAKE: Whoa really? ARANEA: Yes. JAKE: Like you can see the future? JAKE: Are they ghost powers or troll powers? Or wait shucks thats a dumb sounding question. ARANEA: No, that was a fine question. They're troll powers. Sometimes those of my 8lood type will have them naturally. ARANEA: And no, they are not prognosticative a8ilities. They let me access another's mind in a way that can 8e terri8ly invasive if a8used. JAKE: Invasive? ARANEA: Yes. Including the a8ility to control minds, when exploited fully. JAKE: Uh oh. ARANEA: 8ut don't worry. They don't seem to work the same way on your species. They're considera8ly weaker. ARANEA: The most I can do is get an empathic impression of your emotional state. ARANEA: So if I speculate that you are shy or nervous, it is 8ecause I can sense that you are. JAKE: Aw man youre kidding! JAKE: So much for trying to be cool i guess. JAKE: Although i probably blew that when you saw me yelling at nobody about boners and stuff. ARANEA: I wouldn't say you 8lew it, 8ut that was certainly odd. ARANEA: Who were you talking to, if you don't mind my asking? JAKE: That was like... JAKE: The brain ghost memory splinter of my best friend dirk who is stuck in my head and you cant see. JAKE: And he was kinda hassling me and trying to get me to talk to him about how his real self has a thing for me but i kind of think it would be weird to talk to his brain impostor about that? At least for now. JAKE: And then you showed up and you caught me at an awkward moment where he was threatening to make some bodily functions happen in front of you as a joke which would have been embarrassing as all blasted heck. JAKE: But now it turns out you can read my mind too so im surrounded by brain invaders! JAKE: You seem cool aranea but uh when am i going to wake up? ARANEA: I am not a 8rain invader though! ARANEA: I said I can only sense your emotions. I think it's polite to let people know 8efore long. Otherwise I 8egin to feel a 8it underhanded. JAKE: Ok. I guess thats not too bad. JAKE: I think i can keep my feelings buttoned up. That is what strong and adventurous gentlemen do i think. They keep a stiff upper lip even on the inside. That way they are never embarrassed and feel slightly more brave about stuff. ARANEA: 8ut you don't have to! That was not the point of my telling you. ARANEA: I'm used to sensing many things from people. There aren't any feelings you could have that would 8e that surprising to me or compromising to you. ARANEA: I really just want you to relax for the 8rief time we have in this 8u88le and talk to me. JAKE: Um gotcha. JAKE: But what should i talk about? ARANEA: Well, I have spent almost no time examining this iteration of your universe. ARANEA: The gods have given me very little access to it through the memories of others until now. ARANEA: I 8elieve they are finally 8eginning to 8ridge the divides 8etween long estranged compartments of reality, allowing previously unintroduced parties to mingle. ARANEA: Those from different universes, 8oth their initial iterations and their scratched re8oots. Those from different spheres, ones of creative potential and of mortality. ARANEA: Through us all they attempt to 8ring closure to unsanctioned loops and restore sta8ility to the cosmos. ARANEA: So I am curious a8out you and your friends. What is your life like? JAKE: My life? JAKE: I wish i could say it was more interesting but its actually been a mite lackluster. JAKE: There are monsters but i try to stay away from them to tell you the truth. JAKE: Its mostly just me sitting around here watching movies and stuff and sometimes polishing firearms. JAKE: Guns are sweet. So are movies heh. This is a terrible story. ARANEA: I understand. The same is mostly true for myself. ARANEA: I can sense that you are either very impressed or in some way intimidated 8y me, 8ut when it comes down to the 8asics, a description of my life would 8e 8oring as well. ARANEA: Why don't you show me around? JAKE: Show you around my room? Yes ok. JAKE: Well. There are some guns. Like i said guns are great. JAKE: There is a whole mess of movie posters on the wall. You probably never heard of any of them being a dead alien and such. ARANEA: Nope. ::::) JAKE: And... JAKE: I dont know. Theres a desk which i use to work on silly projects. And thats my bed i guess. JAKE: Ummmm and... JAKE: Hmm what else. DIRK: Dude, just FYI, you've been kind of staring at her. JAKE: (What? Shh!) ARANEA: What was that? JAKE: Nothing! DIRK: I'm not trying to fuck you up here, I promise. But you gotta watch what you're thinking, remember? JAKE: (Go away!!) DIRK: Oh man. No. See that thought you just had? That's exactly what I'm talking about. DIRK: She's a fucking empath, bro. She can pick up on shit like that. JAKE: (Shhhhh not listening to you.) ARANEA: Jake? JAKE: Nothing! Its cool. Im... DIRK: You have got to be kidding. Did you seriously just think something THAT dirty? DIRK: You must be doing this on purpose to spite me now. I mean, just wow dude. That was x-rated as fuck. JAKE: (No no stop. See youre talking about it and now i cant help it!) JAKE: (You are psyching me into having dirty thoughts get fucking lost you interloping brain douche!!!) DIRK: Don't worry, I'm gone. It's like a goddamn peep show in here and I feel like a sleazy piece of shit watching this from a dark corner of your mind. DIRK: You have a graphic imagination, English. I'm kind of impressed. JAKE: (Shut up theyre just thoughts its not even like im trying to have them THEY DONT MEAN ANYTHING!) ARANEA: Hmm. ARANEA: Should I leave and come 8ack during another dream? JAKE: No!!!